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Israel allows entry of fuel into Gaza Strip

May 10, 2019 11:14 A.M. (Updated: May 13, 2019 11:23 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have reopened the Kerem Shalom border crossing and allowed the entry of fuel into the besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Israeli authorities decided to reopen Gaza’s main commercial crossing, known as Kerem Shalom, in order to allow the entry of fuel.

There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip; two are controlled by Israel and one by Egypt. The Gaza-Israel crossings are the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, that is specifically for pedestrians, and Kerem Shalom in the southern Gaza Strip for the entry of goods and fuel. The Gaza-Egypt crossing is the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, but is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.

In January, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) warned of the deteriorating situation of the Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip due to the ongoing crisis of fuel shortage.

PCHR called upon the Palestinian Authority (PA) and international organizations to urgently intervene since then to ensure the rapid flow of fuel needed for the operation of generators in the health facilities in the Gaza Strip.

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